How to shop safely this Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Updated: Nov 16

This year, two of the busiest days in shopping will fall during England’s lockdown with non-essential stores closed. As a result, more people than ever will take to the internet in order to grab a bargain on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

However, it is worth reminding ourselves and our customers alike that criminals will be poised to prey on shoppers who have not taken precautions to avoid a scam. In people’s haste to make the most of the large discounts, they should also remember what they can do to stay safe online.

To shop safely this Black Friday and Cyber Monday:

- Only click on links in emails that you can definitely trust. If you haven’t signed up to a mailing list or notice anything suspicious about the font, logo or wording, head straight to the company’s website via your search engine instead.

- Check for the padlock symbol in the address bar or “https” in the URL, indicating the website is secure.

- Pay with a credit card if you can as money with be easier to recover if you are hit by fraud.

- Avoid deals that are too good to be true. Though discounts can be generous on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, any free or exceptionally cheap deals may not be what they seem.

Get Safe Online has a wealth of relevant tips on their website as part of their #SafeChristmasShopping campaign: https://www.getsafeonline.org/safechristmasshopping/

Please spare these guides to help support all.

Follow our social media profiles for regular reminders of what you can do to prevent falling victim to a cyber attack. We’ll be supporting the #SafeChristmasShopping campaign throughout this month.

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